Aspetuck Land Trust believes that there are numerous benefits derived from outdoor play in a natural setting; fresh air, exercise, and imaginative play to name a few. We also believe that getting our children outdoors helps our community in many ways including building appreciation and support for open space. Children need open space and the outdoors now more than ever. Click here to read a moving account of why its so important for kids to spend time outdoors. To meet this need Aspetuck Land Trust has recently created, with the support of the William C. Bullitt Foundation, the A.L.T. Jr. Ranger Program which provides guided activities and rewards for you and your child to do together as you explore nature and our preserves (see details below). We also have created a Children's Hike Series (aka Short Hikes for Short People), built the area's first Natural Playground, and have commissioned a local nature loving mom to write reviews of our nature preserves called Exploring with Kids to make it easier for you to hike our preserves with your children. Finally, we have included some Backyard Nature Activities tips for you: 10 ways to get your kids outside in nature and why it matters. If you would like to read more on the subject we recommend the book "Born to Explore" by Richard Wiese, a real life explorer and resident of Weston. www.borntoexplore.net/richard-wiese.